Which way should my fan spin

  1. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    I forget, which direction do you set ceiling fans to spin (clockwise or counter looking from below) in teh summer? It's about 10,000 degrees and im taking every measure not to die.
     
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  3. Chi Meson

    Chi Meson 1,772
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    The correct direction is whichever way makes it cooler for you. Mostly, that's when they are pushing air down, and that is most often counterclockwise. Some fans are "reverse threaded" though.
     
  4. Moonbear

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    Whichever way blows the air at you. Usually clockwise, unless someone managed to install the fan blades backward. At least you didn't have to climb around with sheep in the heat. :yuck: Even a fan wasn't helping me. Nothing but a cold shower followed up by a cold beer. The beer is more for the aching muscles from yesterday's adventures...I had one that injured a hoof and I was the only one at the farm and didn't see much point in bothering the vet on a Sunday when she'd do exactly what I could do...except I'm out of practice at flipping them onto their butts to treat feet...they don't sit that way willingly. :uhh:

    Edit: Or maybe that's counterclockwise? The edge of the blade that's highest should lead, and the lower side should follow, if that makes sense.
     
  5. Evo

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    Correct answer. :approve:
     
  6. Astronuc

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ceiling_fan

    It depends on blade pitch. If you want the fan to push the air down, then it needs to be rotating in the direction of the higher side. If the high side is to the left looking up at the blade and from root over the top of one's head, then the fan should be turning counterclockwise to bring air down. If the high side is on the right side of the blade, then it should be turning clockwise.
     
  7. Stick your head in the fanblades to find out, at eye level.
     
  8. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,265
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    You must have missed that MythBusters episode. :biggrin: All that'll do is give him a big lump on the forehead.
     
  9. Pengwuino

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Yup! And then the fan woudl break!

    Get out of my thread cyrus.
     
  10. You guys obviously missed the metal industrial fan they used. That sliced into the guys head.
     
  11. chroot

    chroot 10,426
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    I once burned out a ceiling fan in the living room of my parents' house. I tied a 10-foot long piece of string to one of the blades, with a bunch of cheerios looped on the other end. Then I turned the fan on high and let the dog loose in the room.

    Five minutes later, the dog had knocked over half the furniture in the room, caught the cheerios, and put the fan out of its misery.

    - Warren
     
  12. Moonbear

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    :rofl: I'll bet the dog was quite amused, and the parents were not. :biggrin:

    I apparently just can't tell clockwise from counterclockwise when looking up. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    Yes but i don't have a lawnmower attached to my steel bladed fan.

    Its starting to smell like cooked fish in here...
     
  14. JamesU

    JamesU 745
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    I think thatpengwuino should no longer be able to make pointless threads--every one of his threads has to be approved by me, cyrus, and Evo
     
  15. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    Why should a bunch of kids have the same power as the supreme one?
     
  16. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,265
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    Ah, yes, because you're the expert on pointless threads, right? :biggrin:
     
  17. Pengwuino

    Pengwuino 7,118
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: high five moonbear!
     
  18. Danger

    Danger 9,878
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    :rolleyes:
    Unless those sailors are all lying, you are perfectly well acquainted with which way the ceiling fan turns.
     
  19. Moonbear

    Moonbear 12,265
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    :tongue2: Yeah, but I'm not thinking about whether it's clockwise or counter.
     
  20. Danger

    Danger 9,878
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    So as long as the guy's bent the right way, it doesn't matter about the fan? Too bad, Arildno... you lose. :tongue:
     
  21. JamesU

    JamesU 745
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    That was a passing phase:rolleyes:
     
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